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I would like some people's perspectives/stories of dealing with sociopaths or pathological liars. The realm of human interaction seems to be the one great uncertainty in life which there is no science to predict. Since people have free will, how do you know who you are really dealing with? If there are people out there smart enough to say what they know you want to hear and you can only go by what people say or do in your presence, how do you ever know? Obviously dealing with factual information, it is easy to decide whether or not you believe what a person is saying or whether they are mistaken. But when there are people who will mimic you, your beliefs, and behaviors, in order to trick you into befriending them or getting into a relationship and putting emotional energy into them for their own idiotic purposes, this is just perilous. I feel that I have known an overwhelming majority of pathological liars in my relatively short life, what is the deal? Was it always like this? People will pretend they understand you and get in close with you, but they are just humoring you or pandering to you, until one day the entire thing blows up like a nitroglycerin factory. On the one hand there are story tellers who are more harmless, on the other we have the people who pretend to be whatever they infer you want them to be. The latter are the more dangerous. They are human chameleons, so to speak.